Aspen Leafs v. Breckenridge Bucks
The Leafs took both games in their series with the Bucks, holding firm to the number one spot in the league. Friday night, Aspen was firing on all cylinders, with a 9-2 victory at Stephen C. West Arena. After a lone goal scored by Leaf Hunter Havice in the first period, Aspen scored a power play goal just 30 seconds into the second period that opened the door to a deluge of goals. Bucks goalie Oliver Elvenger was bombarded with shots from all angles that led to four more goals in the second and three in the third. The offensive attack was more than the Bucks could handle, and dashed any hopes for a comeback.
Saturday’s game was much like the previous night, with a well-played battle by both teams through one period. The 1-1 tie after one didn’t hold long into the second when Aspen scored just over 2 minutes in. Aspen’s 54 shots on goal allowed the Leafs to once again go on a scoring spree and finish the night a 7-2 victor.
The player recognized for this series is Tom Bowe of the Leafs. Bowe had a 10-point weekend, scoring 2 goals and 3 assists Friday, and added to the tally Saturday with 1 goal and 4 assists.
Pikes Peak Miners v. Grand Junction Glacier Yetis
On the home ice of Sertich Ice Arena, it is very tough to take a game away from the Miners. The Glacier Yetis experienced just that as they were under siege from the moment the puck dropped Friday night, as Pikes Peak outscored them 12-3.
Saturday night, Miners goalie Joe Chekan, got to enjoy his third shutout for the season when Pikes Peak kept their momentum rolling with a 6-0 win over the Yetis. The star of the series was Miners forward Mitch Porter, who scored 4 goals and 6 assists for a 10-point series.
Colorado Thunderbirds v. Colorado Rampage
This matchup was a closer contest than the previous two, with the T-birds taking both games by scores of 5-2 and 3-2. “Both were hard fought games,” Rampage head coach J.J. Crew explained. “We were able to jump out to an early lead in both contests, but were unable to maintain those leads, as the T-birds kept coming. I thought the play of Sam Gilmore throughout the weekend was impressive,” Crew added. “He showed great effort and determination in both games—Sam did the little things right to give his team a chance to win.”
The T-birds were shorthanded Saturday night, yet were still able to walk away with two points when Luis Salazar scored his first goal of the year in the third, which turned out to the game-winning as well.
It was Brandon Fitzsimmons of the T-birds that is recognized as the star of the weekend series. Fitzsimmons had a power play goal in the second period of Friday night’s game, and returned to Colorado Sports Center to contribute two assists, including one on Salazar’s game winner.
The Colorado Rampage will travel west to take on Aspen Leafs at 7:00 pm this Friday and Saturday. Breckenridge gets to enjoy their home ice as they host Grand Junction at 8:05 pm Friday and Saturday nights. The fourth place T-birds will take on the second place Miners at 8:00 pm Friday, and again Saturday at 7:00 pm, at South Suburban Ice Arena.